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Greg Olsen replaces Desmond Clark as Bears' starting tight end

There are 67 comments on the Chicago Tribune story from Aug 3, 2009, titled Greg Olsen replaces Desmond Clark as Bears' starting tight end. In it, Chicago Tribune reports that:

Out came the call for the No. 1 offense Monday to huddle up for the start of full-team drills.

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Steve

Santa Paula, CA

#1 Aug 3, 2009
Olsen being named the starter is a no brainer. He should have started last year, but he's going to the Pro Bowl this year, mark my words.

ETS

Since: Dec 07

Mountain View, CA

#2 Aug 3, 2009
Classy story about a classy dude, Haugh.

Dez could start for at least half the other teams in the NFL and (I'm not sure what his contract is like) he may get that chance next year.

It's moves like these that are giving the Bears some real depth this year (aside from QB, WR and safety, of course). On paper, the Bears may have what it takes. On the field, we'll see.
Christopher Anderson

Denison, IA

#3 Aug 3, 2009
Dez Clars has been – and always will be – a true professional. I believe he's been one of the most underrated players on this team since his arrival.

He'll still get plenty of opportunities on the field, and his tutoring and mentorship of Olsen just goes to show what a real pro is like. Stay classy, Dez Clark.
Frank Wilson

Chicago, IL

#4 Aug 3, 2009
Well another obvious point about the Bears that Olsen is now the official starting TE. That was inevitable from the start when Olsen was drafted.

I'm glad Olsen is the starting TE. Unlike Olsen, Desmond Clark can't block for anything. If the Bears have such a talented RB in Matt Forte, I think it would be respectful to Matt Forte to have a TE that knows how to block. Greg Olsen can block for Forte, Desmond Clark can't. I can remember many games when I see Clark in a run blocking formation only to get knocked on his keister and flattened out. Clark can't block and that is what makes Olsen much better, hence the starting job going to Olsen.

People I really don't care about the Bears passing game. What I REALLY want from the Bears is a solid running game with Matt Forte being the premier RB for the Bears. Once the Bears get the running game going the passing game will come to excellent form with a solid QB like Jay Cutler and a WR like Bennett. Yes, I say Benntt not that..geez...football frankenstein experiment Devin Hester WR stuff.
G Halpin

Castle Rock, CO

#5 Aug 3, 2009
Kudos to Clark, he is definitely someone the Bears want to hang onto. He'll get his catches, but very professional of him to step aside to a younger player with probably more skills at this stage of their careers. Hopefully Olsen will learn from it as well and be as much of a professional.
Benny

Dallas, TX

#6 Aug 3, 2009
It's guys like Dez Clark that you need to win a championship.
rustyw

Sturtevant, WI

#7 Aug 3, 2009
Frank Wilson wrote:
Well another obvious point about the Bears that Olsen is now the official starting TE. That was inevitable from the start when Olsen was drafted.
I'm glad Olsen is the starting TE. Unlike Olsen, Desmond Clark can't block for anything. If the Bears have such a talented RB in Matt Forte, I think it would be respectful to Matt Forte to have a TE that knows how to block. Greg Olsen can block for Forte, Desmond Clark can't. I can remember many games when I see Clark in a run blocking formation only to get knocked on his keister and flattened out. Clark can't block and that is what makes Olsen much better, hence the starting job going to Olsen.
People I really don't care about the Bears passing game. What I REALLY want from the Bears is a solid running game with Matt Forte being the premier RB for the Bears. Once the Bears get the running game going the passing game will come to excellent form with a solid QB like Jay Cutler and a WR like Bennett. Yes, I say Benntt not that..geez...football frankenstein experiment Devin Hester WR stuff.
I don't think either of these TEs are outstanding blockers. That's why the Bears went and got another one via FA. BUT they can get open and hang onto the ball (except when Chris Harris is tackling).
Running/passing games set each other up -- doesn't matter which starts it as long as it gets done. Do what works!
Hester is learning the WR, and Jay will help that. However, if Bennett and the draft picks work out great, send Hester back to special teams! He broke a lot more games open there.
Rocket Man

Ithaca, NY

#8 Aug 3, 2009
Desmond Clark will not play another regular season game for the Bears. They will either trade him or release him. Two of the follwoing TEs will make the squad: Kellen Davis, Fontel Mines, or Michael Gaines. OBTW: Thanks Desmond for your time and effort here with the Bears.

“The quo has no status”

Since: Oct 08

Glen Ellyn, IL

#9 Aug 3, 2009
"This is the first Bears tight end since Mike Ditka to post three straight 40-catch seasons..."

I am a Dez Clark fan, BUT, the only reason he posted those kind of numbers was because Ron Turner knew his limitations at the qb position. The Bears dinked and dunked tight end passes all season long. Can you do that without a quality tight end? Absolutely not. But it was necesitated by the lack of a quality qb to deliver the ball downfield. It won't happen this year for Olsen or Clark unless Cutler gets injured or the wide receivers can't step up their play. That doesn't mean they won't be a key component of this year's offense. They should have less receptions for more yardage. As far as who should start, let's face it, Olsen is the better tight end.
Mike T

Middletown, RI

#10 Aug 3, 2009
Did someone say Chris Harris? Can they have that trade back? Or make a trade to go and get him back? I saw an interview when he was at the Kerry Wood bowling fundraiser where he said that he still considers himself a Bear... and don't they need some experience back there?

Ugh.

As for Olsen, der. If Clark said "boo," you sit him down and note that Olsen is better. period
brett

Woodridge, IL

#11 Aug 3, 2009
Frank Wilson wrote:
Unlike Olsen, Desmond Clark can't block for anything.
The whole reason Dez was starting was because HE CAN BLOCK better than Olsen.
That's probably still the case
Bears54

Des Plaines, IL

#12 Aug 3, 2009
I do like Olsen and all, but he didn't truly deserve to be GIVEN the starting slot. Clark is a stud and has been very solid for us. Hope Olsen has learned to block and hold on to the ball when running with it!!!
Bears54

Des Plaines, IL

#13 Aug 3, 2009
Exactly right Brett!!
brett wrote:
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The whole reason Dez was starting was because HE CAN BLOCK better than Olsen.
That's probably still the case
Classy guy

Chicago, IL

#14 Aug 3, 2009
He is one of the hardest working bears, plays and contributes while hurt. This saddens me a little but yah kind of had the feeling it was going to happen sooner or later. But there is no way they aren't going to use Dez, he always seems to be there when you need that late 3rd down conversion
Southside Sexies

Greenwood, IN

#15 Aug 3, 2009
They'll both be on the field.., along with Hester and Forte. As far as catching the ball.., thats very solid. If one of these young wideouts can step it up.., we'll be ok.

Go BEARS!!!
Wrigley Field Bear

San Jose, CA

#16 Aug 3, 2009
The Bears are going to be very sorry they made this move if Olsen doesn't block a lot better than he has been. I've said it a million times and I'll say it again: a tight end who can't block is useless, I don't care how good of a receiver he is. The running game is going to suffer if Olsen doesn't block well, because Clark is a good blocker.
Wrigley Field Bear

San Jose, CA

#17 Aug 3, 2009
Frank Wilson wrote:
I'm glad Olsen is the starting TE. Unlike Olsen, Desmond Clark can't block for anything.
Um, which universe are you in? Desmond Clark is a MUCH better blocker than Greg Olsen. As Rusty noted, he is not a great blocker either, but he's better than average for a tight end. Olsen is below average and had better step it up or he'll be back behind Clark very soon after the running game tanks because of his missed blocks.
brett

Woodridge, IL

#18 Aug 3, 2009
Both of them are going to play.
This story is a non issue.
They will both be used the same way they've been used for the past 3 years.
JBS

United States

#19 Aug 3, 2009
The reason Olsen is the starter is obvious: The Bears finally have a QB capable of getting the ball to him in a way that actually accentuates his skills. Olsen doesn't need to dumb down his game anymore to compensate for an average QB.
Greg

United States

#20 Aug 3, 2009
Frank Wilson wrote:
Well another obvious point about the Bears that Olsen is now the official starting TE. That was inevitable from the start when Olsen was drafted.
I'm glad Olsen is the starting TE. Unlike Olsen, Desmond Clark can't block for anything. If the Bears have such a talented RB in Matt Forte, I think it would be respectful to Matt Forte to have a TE that knows how to block. Greg Olsen can block for Forte, Desmond Clark can't. I can remember many games when I see Clark in a run blocking formation only to get knocked on his keister and flattened out. Clark can't block and that is what makes Olsen much better, hence the starting job going to Olsen.
People I really don't care about the Bears passing game. What I REALLY want from the Bears is a solid running game with Matt Forte being the premier RB for the Bears. Once the Bears get the running game going the passing game will come to excellent form with a solid QB like Jay Cutler and a WR like Bennett. Yes, I say Benntt not that..geez...football frankenstein experiment Devin Hester WR stuff.
Clark's a decent blocker but they also picked up another tight end who is a 300 lbs and is a better blocker. What was his name?

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